The REACH Pikes Peak established the Transition to Independence Program to increase the capacity of low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient.
The framework for PPCAA's services is based on a ROMA Logic Model format adapted from the Center for Applied Management Practices. A Continuum of Services Logic Model responds to three levels of need:
- Need: Working poor families are at risk of hunger, homelessness, and ill health and are unable to access employment and community services
Outcomes include (a) people have safe and appropriate housing, (b) people are healthier, and (c) people have greater opportunities and access to employment and community services.
Need: Working poor families often lack the necessary education, job skills, or life skills to successfully compete in the job market.
- The Transitions to Independence Program (TIP flyer) is offered involving orientation, assessment, case plans, counseling, workshops, supportive services, and follow-up.
A Youth Education Savings Program (YES flyer) teaches fiscal responsibility, accountability and provides resources for educational assistance and post secondary education
- Outcomes include (a) education and skill levels are increased and (b) income is increased to self-sufficiency levels.
- Need: Lower-income people lack opportunities to build assets.
Intake and assessment for TIP uses a Self-Sufficiency Assessment Scale to determine client status from "In Crisis" to "Thriving" in six developmental domains: Housing/Food; Income/Assets; Education/Skills; Environment; Relationships; Personal Attributes.
TIP staff includes a Program Director, Case Managers and Client Counselors. Case management includes monthly follow-up for a period of one year.
PPCAA assists clients financially to help accomplish case management plans. An annual fundraising campaign known as The Empty Stocking Fund occurs through a collaborative community initiative. This is conducted by the local newspaper (The Gazette) and partners include area human service agencies, individual givers, businesses and foundations. Over $600,000 is raised with more than $100,000 provided to PPCAA.
Data for FY'08 through June 18th reflects:
- 40 clients currently enrolled (goal is to sign up 10 more)
- 166 services provided so far in 2008 at a cost of $20,663 ($124 actual cost per service vs. 2008 budget of $114) – 15 CNA Graduates so far in 2008 and 1 Bachelor of Science Degree
Prior year accomplishments are reflected in the 2007 TIP Annual Report.
John Tighe, Chief Executive Officer